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adj. prompt·er, prompt·est
1. Being on time; punctual.
2. Carried out or performed without delay: a prompt reply.
tr.v. prompt·ed, prompt·ing, prompts
1. To move to act; spur; incite: A noise prompted the guard to go back and investigate.
2. To give rise to; inspire: The accident prompted a review of school safety policy.
3. To assist with a reminder; remind.
4. To assist (an actor or reciter) by providing the next words of a forgotten passage; cue.
a. The act of prompting or giving a cue.
b. A reminder or cue.
2. Computers A symbol that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
3. Something which inspires a response, especially a statement or series of questions designed to provoke creative or critical thought from a student: In English class today, the teacher gave us the prompt for our final essay.

[Middle English, ready, from Old French, from Latin prōmptus, from past participle of prōmere, to bring forth : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + emere, to take, obtain; see em- in Indo-European roots.]

prompt′er n.
promp′ti·tude′ (prŏmp′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′), prompt′ness (prŏmpt′nĭs) n.
prompt′ly adv.
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  1. Arrived on time, and left on time, like a European train —Laurie Colwin


  2. Punctual as a bride at a wedding —Honoré de Balzac
  3. Punctual as a stage manager, watch in hand —Frank Swinnerton
  4. Punctual as bills —Babette Deutsch
  5. Punctual as death —Scott Spencer
  6. Punctual as destiny —Edith Wharton
  7. Punctual as lovers to the moment sworn —Edward Young
  8. Punctually as a cuckoo in a Swiss clock —Edith Wharton
  9. Punctually, as the tax collector —Punch, 1862

    Paraphrased from “Tax gatherer.”

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.promptness - the characteristic of doing things without delay
celerity, rapidity, rapidness, speediness, quickness - a rate that is rapid
2.Promptness - the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed timepromptness - the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time
timing - the time when something happens
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noun swiftness, speed, punctuality, willingness, dispatch, readiness, haste, eagerness, alertness, alacrity, quickness, briskness, promptitude the company's promptness in settling its debts
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[ˈprɒmptnɪs] N (= punctuality) → puntualidad f; (= speed) → rapidez f, prontitud f
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[ˈprɒmptnɪs] n [reply, action, treatment] → rapidité f
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nPromptheit f; the fire brigade’s promptnessder prompte Einsatz der Feuerwehr
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[ˈprɒmptnɪs] n (speed) → prontezza, sollecitudine f; (punctuality) → puntualità
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(prompt) adjective
acting, or happening, without delay or punctually. a prompt reply; I'm surprised that she's late. She's usually so prompt.
ˈpromptly adverb
1. immediately. He promptly accepted my offer.
2. punctually. They arrived promptly.
ˈpromptness noun
at one/two etc o'clock prompt
punctually at one/two etc o'clock.
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References in classic literature ?
But remembering Edna's whimsical turn of mind of late, and foreseeing that she had immediately acted upon her impetuous determination, he grasped the situation with his usual promptness and handled it with his well-known business tact and cleverness.
She would flare up at them and make trouble, in her small but quite decided and resolute way; for she has a character of her own, and lacks neither promptness nor initiative.
The procession moved with a good deal of promptness. There were no casualties to report, for nobody had curiosity enough to remain behind to see what would happen.
Wyeth was the first ready; and, with his usual promptness and hardihood, launched his frail bark, singly, on this wild and hazardous voyage, down an almost interminable succession of rivers, winding through countries teeming with savage hordes.
She had attended with conscientious promptness to checking the trouble that had brought about his death.
Her promptness of action showed that she considered the case as pressing as Mrs.
There is no doubt that, but for your promptness, things might have gone much worse."
With her usual promptness of resolution, Emily decided on taking it for granted that she was free to use as she pleased a carriage which had been already placed at her disposal.
Sabin remarked, on his part, "of adding a trifle to the amount we first spoke of, which I beg you will accept from me as a mark of my gratitude for your promptness."
With the promptness and energy which characterised not only the public proceedings, but all the private actions of this extraordinary man, he at once led his new attendant to one of those convenient emporiums where gentlemen's new and second- hand clothes are provided, and the troublesome and inconvenient formality of measurement dispensed with; and before night had closed in, Mr.
Stammato was arrested, tried, and condemned, with the old-time Venetian promptness. He was hanged between the two great columns in the Piazza--with a gilded rope, out of compliment to his love of gold, perhaps.
"To be sure we will," replied Aramis and Porthos, with admirable promptness and decision, as if that were the simplest thing in the world, "to be sure we will get you out; but meantime, as we are to set off the day after tomorrow, you would do much better not to risk this Bastille."